Book review:Invisible illness coping with the misunderstood conditions by MEGAN A. ARROLL, ET AL
There is an abundance of books about chronic illness, I have read many in the early days of searching for help. Can you remember back to when you were first diagnosed and you longed to know why what and how? I can still recall the longing for someone to hand me the Holy Grail of leaflets, web links and a list of people who would know how I was feeling.
I was a qualified Complementary Therapist at the time so knew all about such conditions as many of my clients had them. For me, it would be easy to list in detail what Fibro and M.E are and the symptoms. Presumably, this is the mistake many health professionals make, they think they know it yet until you actually feel it and live it daily then how is it possible to write a book about it?
Invisible Illness coping with misunderstood conditions is different.
If Invisible Illness books were part of the blue Avatar spiritual awakening "I see you" this book really does grasp deep into the soul and spirit of us folk with an invisible illness, maybe as the authors are one of us.
This book discusses invisible illness and looks in detail at Fibromyalgia, IBS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Ménière's disease, Mal de Debarquement Syndrome, Migraine. Luckily for me I have four out of that six so was this boo written just for me?
In all honesty, I think this book would be superb if you only had one of the above mentioned or indeed of you did not have any of the listed illness but do suffer from another invisible illness. The book touches briefly on each detail then it is more of a universal book to suit all of our spoonies.
What is a spoon? (Read this previous blog I wrote)
The contents are simple and straight to the point, written and formatted so that they flow yet also can be read isolated. Since my diagnosis. I can not absorb reading like I used to, reading for relaxation is now a thing of the past. I have huge sensory overload when faced with too much information, often I look at a contents page and horror sets in yet this had a soothing and enticing effect, I had to delve deeper within.
My favourite section is the self-help, it is worth buying the book for this section alone. So much great information that echos my ethos and if my back was not so sore I would have jumped up and done a happy-clappy-dance, utterly superb!
For me, reading is now so hard as I have the attention span of a gerbil. I can read a chapter and then ponder what I have just read. Fibro fog has taken from me the joy of reading.
Do you suffer from fibro fog or short term memory loss?
Here is a cyber hug if you do, I feel your pain.
Cleverly at the end of each section, this book has a summary and conclusion. Something so simple yet so spot on fibro friendly it deserves a clap.
I adore the back section and the glossary of further reading and useful addresses, so thoughtful.
I got to the back cover of this book and my instant feeling was "where were you when I needed you?"
THIS was the book I would have loved to read when I was first diagnosed.
If you are living with an invisible illness then this book is essential and will be an asset in helping people achieve a greater understanding and quality of life.
For me, it has been a pleasure to read and I find reading a chore now.
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Hope you enjoy as much as I did.
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